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How to Make Money on eBay - Repairing Laptops With No Experience

Updated on June 22, 2011


You've been hearing about people making all kinds of money on eBay these days. It's an excellent way to use that time at home to be productive and earn more income. One way I found of doing that, is repairing broken or damaged laptops on eBay. I taught myself quickly how to do this, with no prior repair experience, and you can too.

Deciding What to Repair

The first thing you have to do is decide what laptop system you would like to do repairs on. I chose Macbook Pros for two reasons. 1, They are operating systems that hold their value well throughout older models and therefore have a high price point on sale. 2, Macbook pro parts are standardized and easy to switch in and out, and excellent video and text guides for how to repair can be found on

There are two basic types of broken laptops you can repair with little or no experience. The very easiest is a broken top case. A top case is the keyboard and trackpad part of any laptop. When these are broken, all you have to do us unscrew the screws around the base and unhook the broken top case, and then screw the new one into place. The second of these is a broken screen. To repair these, you have to unscrew the top case, the hinges, and then pop the lid off of the top of the machine and screw the new screen into place. They are both fairly simple things to do and guides can be found all over the internet.

Buying Your Parts

Now that you know what you want to fix, it's time to get one to fix! Search craigslist or eBay for a cheap broken laptop that fits these specifications. The cheaper the better, however too cheap can mean there are errors beyond what is mentioned. Unfortunately after you buy it you will have to wait for it to ship.

After it arrives, assess the machine to make sure everything else is working, then remove the broken part. There are two things you need to do now; buy the part in it's working form and list the broken one on eBay to make a few extra bucks off of it, while you're at it. Make sure you have the correct part. I usually buy used internal parts, but if I'm buying casing I make sure it is factory sealed so that it is in perfect cosmetic condition.

Selling Your Fixed Laptop

When you get the new part, simply install it according to a guide, and then test out the laptop. If it works, it's ready for sale. Some sale preparations you have to do include cleaning the outside and taking pictures from all angles, and loading up software you own. Loading up software, even if it's inexpensive or free, can drastically increase the value of the machine you are trying to sell. Common things people are looking for include video and image editing software. Be sure to mention all software you pre-load in the description.

An important thing is price. I always price my machine at the exact amount I invested, and the market and people's competition bidding drives up the price two or three hundred dollars, which is your profit. Shipping tends to be about $20 or $30 if you pack it yourself.


This is not one of those easy, right out of the gate success methods. But if you invest time into fixing computers, as with time invested in anything else, eventually you will be good at it and become successful and make a lot of money. If you can do this twice a month, you can make up to $600 a month! That is a lot of money, rich or poor. I wish you the best of luck in learning to repair your own hardware.


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